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Gas Pain (Children)

Gas pain is common in babies and rarely a cause for concern.

Call Doctor If:

  • Your child seems sick.
  • Your child vomits blood or green or yellow liquid.
  • Your child has blood in her stool.
  • Your child cries for longer than two hours.
  • Your child has pain in the lower right side.
  • Your child's abdomen seems to be distended and causing pain.

 

How to Treat Your Child's Gas Pains

1. Adjust Feedings

  • Don't overfeed your child.
  • Hold her upright.
  • Burp your child often.

2. Move Your Child

  • Rock your child gently.
  • Move your child's legs as if he was pedaling a bicycle.

3. Massage Your Child

  • Rub your child's stomach lightly.
  • Lay her across your lap and pat her back.

4. Apply Heat

  • Place a warm towel or water bottle on your child's tummy.

5. Review Feeding

  • If formula-feeding, talk with your pediatrician about switching to a soy-based formula or, if your child is older than 1 year, soy or almond milk. If an older child has gas pain after having milk products, talk to your doctor about lactose intolerance, especially if there is a family history of it.
  • If breastfeeding, some experts recommend you pay attention to how much of the following foods you're eating: broccoli, cabbage, tea, and other foods that contribute to gassiness. However, there's little evidence that mom's diet has a big effect on gas in babies.

 

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Roy Benaroch, MD on September 14, 2013

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